Turn a Tablecloth into a Rug! Never Lose Your Glasses Again! Get Ready for Fall Quilted Table Runner! Knit a Stunning Blue Shift Afghan! How to Clean Your Copper Pot Bottoms! Make a Button Bowl and Tray! Sew a Manicure Pouch! Tips for Organizing Your Desk Drawers! Crochet Double Strapped Baby Mary Janes! Piece a Gorgeous Lava Meets Sea Quilt! DIY Nylon Net Pot Scrunchie! Create Fern Art for Your Walls! DIY Reversible Pocketed Tote Bag! Dress Your Summer Table with Festive Painted Pineapples! Make a Pencil Holding Fabric Notebook Cover! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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ARTspiration

Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity? Jeremy Lipking Aspen and Sagebrush, 6×8 oil on linen.

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There were three guys talking in the pub. Two of them are talking about the amount of control they have over their wives, while the third remains quiet.

After a while one of the first two turns to the third and says, “Well, what about you, what sort of control do you have over your wife?”

The third fellow says, “I’ll tell you. Just the other night my wife came to me on her hands and knees.”

The first two guys were amazed. “What happened then?” they asked. “She said, ‘get out from under the bed and fight like a man’.”

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DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?

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IDEA I LOVE

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This is really cool!  It’s a rug that you make from a tablecloth.  While I like the process and design, make sure you’re using a slip-proof backing.  God forbid, you slide across the room, fall on your arse and break a hip!

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Here’s how you make your own version!

http://dreambookdesign.com/2011/09/turning-a-table-cloth-in-to-a-rug-a-diy-anthropologie-rug/#_a5y_p=2018345

IDEA I LOVE

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OK, the black spectacle chain looks a little ‘granny’.   Spice it up and turn up the volume with some color, baby.  Of course, I’ll make one and have the damn things dangling around my neck all day and still not be able to find my glasses.  Welcome to the other side of the hill.  Sheesh!

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Here’s how to make the spectacle chain:

http://www.taradennis.com/images/create/accessorise/Tara_Dennis_-_spectacle_chain.pdf

LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!

ON YOUR NEWSSTANDS NOW!!!

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Pages and pages of my Slow Stitching Movement article and photographs from April’s Slow Stitching Movement Getaway!   (HINT:  There are a few more Getaways planned this year!  More on that later.)girl_reading

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

Artist, Susanna Bauer mixes leaves and her fiber art to create breathless organic sculptures.  I’m in luv, L-U-V!

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Check out the artist here:  http://www.susannabauer.com

 

VITTLES!

DORITOS TACO BAKE

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INGREDIENTS:

hamburger
taco seasoning
sour cream
crescent rolls
tomato sauce
diced tomatoes
shredded cheese
Dorito chips
 
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.farmwifecooks.com/taco-bake/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Less than 30-days until September, chiclet!  Start your autumn projects, now!  Here’s a neat table runner using your colorful scraps!  Tres fun!

http://anjeanettek.com/2012/09/24/im-ready-for-fall-with-a-charm-leaf-tutorial/

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Yes, you can knit this hue shift afghan.  All you have to do is learn the simple stitch.  So hit up this tutorial, and start learnin’   I mean, if Jethro Bodine had aspirations to be a brain surgeon, you can master a simple knitted stitch!  Start here:

http://www.diybudgetgirl.com/hue-shift-afghan/

 

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

TEQUILA LEMONADE COCKTAIL

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Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes, (about 2 cups)
  • Meyer lemons
  • sugar cane syrup or simple syrup
  • sprigs fresh peppermint
  • lemon
  • Tequila
  • Dash of soda water or seltzer
  • vanilla beans

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For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/chuck-hughes/tequila-lemonade.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Personally, I’d hate these in my bathroom, and definitely not in my makeup room, but I would love a few sets in a few different shapes in my sewing room.  I love ’em, and who doesn’t need more dust collectors?

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Check it out here (easy to do):

http://www.joann.com/home-décor-button-bowl-and-tray/1353864P135.html#start=33

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 IDEA I LOVE

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I really need a baby.  I think these are the cutest little crocheted Mary Janes, don’t you?  I’d like them in some rad colors, but changing yarn colors is the easy part.  Sitting down to start is a little more challenging.   Here’s the pattern:

http://www.1dogwoof.com/2014/09/double-strapped-baby-mary-janes-crochet-pattern.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

BUTTERMILK BANANA BLUEBERRY BREAD 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • buttermilk
  • vanilla extract
  • bananas
  • blueberries

MEMBA?

Vintage Tupperware Hourglass Salt and Pepper Shakers. These things are now going for about $26.00 on auction sites!

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IDEA I LOVE

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The perfect solution to keep your nail polish, emery boards, and nail clippers in one place!  Of course, it must be sewn together using Hello Kitty fabrics, otherwise, what’s the use?

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Here’s the tutorial:

http://sewsomestuff.com/2014/08/diy-manicure-pouch-sewing-ideas.html

COOKIES!

ORANGE RICOTTA COOKIE RECIPE

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Ingredients:

For the cookies
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • eggs
  • whole-milk ricotta
  • vanilla extract
  • large orange
For the glaze
  • orange juice
  • orange zest
  • powdered sugar

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://www.afamilyfeast.com/orange-ricotta-cookies/

 

JUST BECAUSE, I’M IMPRESSED 

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Thinking about my next lecture.  Too much?

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NOW, I  SWOON

I love the 1960’s fashion and this vantage, tied on the side, mini is amaz-balls!

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Pierre Cardin 1960s Couture Ethnic Print Tabard Dress$850

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ORGANIZE!

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Good idea, yes?   Oh, poop!  Where did I ‘organize’ my label maker?

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BE DAZZLED!

French Antique Enamel Peridot Diamond Gold Plique-a-Jour Juliet Pendant$19,500

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A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant with diamonds, pearls and peridots. The pendant features a plique-à-jour background with rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .60 carats, 3 freshwater pearls and 3 pear and round-cut peridots with enamel decoration surrounding the profile of Juliet.

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Pretty striking, but it’s all about the fabrics.  Don’t settle for what ‘might’ work and hold out for what ‘will’ work.  Here’s the Lava Meets Sea half-square triangle quilt:

http://coopcrafts.com/2013/08/05/lava-meets-sea-half-square-triangle-quilt-with-tips-to-make-your-own/

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SHOEspiration

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NICHOLAS KIRKWOODperforated pumps, $1,192.65

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Since you have nothing better to do until your company shows up, you might want to paint the leaves on your pineapples to create a festive table centerpiece:

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IDEA I LOVE

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In my travels, one of my cupcakes handed me a few kitchen scrubbies that she had crocheted.  I’ve worn them out.  Now I need more:

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GARDENspiration

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With your garden and local woods at just about past peak, rush out and grab some beautiful ferns and create art for your walls or mantle.  Here’s how:

http://thesummeryumbrella.com/2015/07/diy-fern-art/ 

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MUST HAVE

CHURN

Yes, I want this butter churner.  I can fitbit extra steps while creating calories.  SCORE!  Get yours here:

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/butter-churner

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IDEA I LOVE

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I really like this reversible tote.  You really should have a new one for the autumn months.   Heres’s a tutorial for making one or one-dozen:

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MUST DO

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I love my Revereware but those darn discolored copper bottoms can cause me great distress.  Here’s  simple and quick (and cheap) solution to making your copper shine (I wonder if it would work on teeth?):

http://www.whatsupfagans.com/2014/03/how-to-clean-copper-pots-with-vinegar-and-salt/

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DESSERT!

RUSTIC CHERRY TARTS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

For the crust

    • flour
    • salt
    • sugar
    • shortening
    • ice cold water
For the filling
  • pitted sweet cherries
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • egg

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://chocolatewithgrace.com/rustic-cherry-tarts/#_a5y_p=1945552

 

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NEXT WEEK IN FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA!

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LECTURE:  In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

FOR INFORMATION:  Please eMail Susan Roper at susanroper@msn.com  

AUGUST 10 & 11, 2015
Smoky Mountain Quilters
Tartan Hall
First Presbyterian Church
26 Church Street
Franklin, NC 28734

PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop

LECTURE: In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

CLASS: THROW ME A CURVE MYSTERY QUILT 

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MARK’S IN PADUCAH, KENTUCKY!

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Quilts of Valor Benefit

The National Quilt Museum

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Paducah, KY 42001

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PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop
LECTURE: In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

IDEA I LOVE

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You know I’m addicted to fabric notebook covers, and this one has a pencil/pen holder sew into it!  Oh, joy!  Oh, rapture!  Make one today starting with this tutorial:
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6 Comments on “Turn a Tablecloth into a Rug! Never Lose Your Glasses Again! Get Ready for Fall Quilted Table Runner! Knit a Stunning Blue Shift Afghan! How to Clean Your Copper Pot Bottoms! Make a Button Bowl and Tray! Sew a Manicure Pouch! Tips for Organizing Your Desk Drawers! Crochet Double Strapped Baby Mary Janes! Piece a Gorgeous Lava Meets Sea Quilt! DIY Nylon Net Pot Scrunchie! Create Fern Art for Your Walls! DIY Reversible Pocketed Tote Bag! Dress Your Summer Table with Festive Painted Pineapples! Make a Pencil Holding Fabric Notebook Cover! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. August 2, 2015 at 10:33 AM #

    Love your blog Mark. Very good variety of sewing inspiration. Lot’s of very good recipes and a little spice added in to the blog makes it perfect. Always look forward to what you have to share next. Elaine P.

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  2. Sally Maxwell
    August 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    As a Tupperware Lady from “back in the day,” I gotta get out my old demonstration pieces to see if I can raise some money for the new additions to the family. Yeah, I’ve still got ’em in the garage! Talk about de-cluttering!!! (three exclamation points)

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  3. Ruth Clark
    August 2, 2015 at 12:54 PM #

    Looking foreward to seeing you in Syracuse in September.You inspire me to try things I never would have.

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  4. jreichh
    August 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

    love, Love, LOVE, the rug!!!!!

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  5. Linda
    August 3, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    I so look forward to your blogs! They are indeed inspirational, fun and educational! Thank you for being you and sharing your ideas with all of us! We are richer for your posts! Exclamations points just for you!!!!!

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    • August 23, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

      Thanks, Linda, and thanks for stopping by!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉 xooxm

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